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Adrien Rabiot set to snub Arsenal in favour of Serie A switch

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PSG midfielder Adrien Rabiot is set to complete his move to Roma for around £10 million, choosing the Italian side over Arsenal and Tottenham, according to the Daily Star.

The 19-year-old, who made his debut for the French champions aged 17, has won the league twice during his career and is one of the most promising young players in the French league.

However, contract discussions with PSG broke down after the player, backed by his mum, demanded a hike in his wages, as well as a guarantee of more game time. With his contract expiring next summer, PSG were keen to sell the player now instead of losing him on a free transfer in a year’s time.

Interest in Rabiot

With interest coming from around Europe for the midfielder, including AC Milan and Juventus as well as the Premier League duo, it seems that the youngster has made a decision on where his future will lie. Arsenal have been tracking the under 21 star for most of the summer but no bid was said to have been made.

With Roma rebuilding their squad to prepare for the Champions League football, the 19-year-old is a good acquisition for Rudi Garcia. The Frenchman has a reputation for developing young stars and it seems that his new signing could develop into a player to keep an eye on in the future.

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Aboubakar

Another promising player who will not be making an appearance in the Premier League is Vincent Aboubakar. The striker was linked with a transfer to Hull City after the departure of Shane Long. However the Cameroon international has chosen a move to Porto instead of the Premier League.

The striker, who featured in the World Cup in Brazil, aided Lorient as they finished 8th last season, netting 16 times as well as contributing six assists. The 22-year-old was tipped as one of the players to watch at the World Cup but struggled to assert his dominance on the global stage as the African side whimpered out of the competition.

The former Valenciennes player had been linked with a move away from Lorient before the World Cup, but the rumour mill went quiet after the competition.

Aboubakar played twice for Lorient at the start of this season, scoring once in their first two games. With European football being offered in Portugal, the move offers the youngster an opportunity to develop against stronger calibre of opponents. Porto reached the Champions League at the expense of Lille, who they defeated in the playoffs.

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